If you follow my blog or Instagram page you will know that we like to travel a lot!! However, with three children this is not easy as I am sure that you can imagine, especially as our youngest is still only a 22 months.
Whilst we do prefer to travel by car (it may take longer but we do find that it’s generally much easier!) we have been taking our children abroad by plane for almost 8 years, starting when Meme was just 9 months. We have definitely picked up a few tips along the way!!
- Make use of your hand luggage! I remember the days when I would fly with just my handbag which contained a book and a bar of chocolate! We now squeeze as much into hand luggage as possible whilst still ensuring that is fits with the allowance.
- Snacks and plenty of them. Sounds simple but I have in the past made the mistake of forgetting to buy drinks as I know they are not allowed through security. I then had to listen to one of my children whine for some water as soon as we boarded the plane. Of course we were brought some as soon as they could but obviously people are busy and trying to attend to lots other passengers. Needless to say. I have never forgotten since.
- Entertainment – my girls always pack a few little toys to take for the flight however, after an hour drive to the airport and then another couple of hours in the airport they are always a little fed up by the time we are ready to fly. I always find a little surprise after take off is a little treat and keeps them entertained for ages, mainly just because it is something the haven’t seen before.
- Layers – I always find aeroplanes are always too hot or too cold – never quite right. I always make sure we layer up so we can adjust accordingly once we have settled down.
- iPads – need I say more?
Flying with children will always have its challenges but I am hoping these few tips will help your holiday start a little smoother.
Finally, Left Baggage offer a really handy service called Left Luggage which allows you to store any bags in safe and secure storage. Whilst this is not quite suitable for us just yet (we need to take everything, just in case!), it definitely may be useful in the future!
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